WHO Allows Smallpox Research

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Smallpox is known to exist only in laboratory stockpiles, both here and in Russia. Research on the germ has been heavily restricted. But now, the World Health Organization has decided to allow scientists to experiment with the deadly virus. NPR's David Kestenbaum reports.

Correction Feb. 2, 2005

The World Health Organization says that the decision still needs to go through formal review.